Restaurant and Food Service Management

Associate in Science (A.S.)

The Restaurant and Food Service Management Associate in Science (A.S.) degree at Valencia College is a two-year program that prepares you to go directly into a specialized career within the restaurant industry.

The program includes training on the most up-to-date technology in the restaurant and food service industry as well as classroom instruction and on-the-job training from some of the area’s leaders in the restaurant field. You will also have the opportunity to start your successful career with a 405-hour internship, which enables you to develop skills in service techniques and management. With thousands of restaurants and eateries in the Orlando area alone, Valencia’s Restaurant and Food Service Management program is in a prime location to train for a rewarding career in this exciting industry.

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Program Details

Program Overview and Degree Requirements

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60 credits

You want to step up. We have a path to a bachelor’s.

More career options. Increased opportunities to advance in your field. A bachelor’s degree at 2/3 the cost of a Florida public university. The Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Business and Organizational Leadership at Valencia College lets you build on your associate degree and prepare for a supervisory or management role in your field or the industry of your choice. Enroll with an associate degree or at least 60 credit hours. Contact a career program advisor to learn more.

Career Outlook

Learn How To

  • Estimate food needs, plan menus and purchase the proper amount of food and supplies needed
  • Hire and train employees on effective service techniques and appropriate etiquette
  • Manage catering jobs and banquets
  • Manage and track food and labor costs and trend analysis

Job Outlook

Students have the extraordinary advantage of starting exciting culinary careers in one of the most acclaimed tourist destinations in the world—with some of the best restaurants, dining establishments, theme parks and hotels in which to work.

Potential Careers

  • Restaurant Manager/Assistant Manager
  • Purchasing Manager
  • Service Trainer
  • Catering Services Manager
  • Banquet Manager
  • Food and Beverage Manager
$24,000 – $30,000

Placement Rate

The average placement rate for Valencia College A.S. degree and certificate programs ranges between 90 – 95%, according to the latest FETPIP data.

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